My first year in the bank was intensive and fun – not to say that it isn’t today, because it sure is! But joining Nordea straight out of university is something out of the extraordinary, exciting and memorable, I think. The reason I joined Nordea was that I had been looking for an employer where I could learn about banking and finance on an overall as well as in an in-depth scale.
That definitely came true as I started off joining Nordea’s Graduate Programme which is an excellent way to learn about the business, products, processes and get a sense of the somewhat complex Nordea organisation, let alone meet many of the talented and diversified group of people working here.
As a graduate, I attended insightful seminars and events which were quite fruitful both professionally and socially. Moreover, I was introduced to many inspirational and helpful people, as the graduate programme offered opportunities to rotate between different departments. In my view, job rotating is an ideal way to get insight to the various business areas – not to mention, learn from some of the best people in the industry, all the while help you get an idea of your own field of interest.
I started off in the Credit Sales team, where I learned the dynamics behind corporate bonds and how they trade in the market. After a few months, I rotated to the Investment Banking division, first in the Debt Capital Markets (DCM) with focus on issuance process of new corporate bonds, followed by a few months with the Leveraged Finance team, where I worked with due diligence, financial modelling and risk assessment for Private Equity owned firms.
Enjoying the steep climb
Then I returned to Markets and joined Global Rates Sales – my final destination (so far). Here I together with a great bunch of colleagues, cover a broad spectra of Nordic Institutional clients and trade all kinds of fixed income products. In our team, we’re all different in personalities and backgrounds, and in my experience that is key to create a great dynamic working environment. We complement each other well. I believe we work hard, and have good fun while doing it, and acknowledge each other for our efforts.
Throughout my time at Nordea, I have set off on a steep learning curve, both professionally as well as personally. Thanks to competent and helpful colleagues, I continue to enjoy the steep climb, supported and motivated to continuously develop. That’s some of the essentials which makes it a great joy to go to work here – and together with my team and other Nordea colleagues give our customers the best service possible.